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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

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When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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Office of

Ben Nelson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $102,005.00


Trips by Ben Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $36,994.83

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,162.60
source

Destination: SHERIDAN, WYOMING
Sponsor: Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF BIG HORN CANYON RANCH HUNTING CLUB
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,353.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,348.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL EVENT
Date: May 6, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: MOOSE LAKE, ALASKA
Sponsor: JIM JANSEN
Purpose: FACTFINDING ON ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Expense: $1,618.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,642.60
source

Destination: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: Kutak Rock
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON CONFLICT ON IRAQ, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT PONCA STATE PARK DECIATION CEREMONY
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,898.88
source

Destination: CAMILLA, GA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $627.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $129.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $217.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Sponsor: Canadian Wheat Board
Purpose: GRAIN WORLD AND CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD DINNER
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.47
source

Destination: CANADA
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ALBERTA FOR US CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Date: Sep 21, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,695.92
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DURING THEIR FULL BOARD SESSION
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,517.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ben Nelson

Jason Briggs
David Culver
David Dimartino
Ben Hansen
Eric Pierce
Amy Tejral
James Vavricek
Kim Zimmerman



American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

Recent Posts

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.